German submarine U-416

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-416
Ordered: 15 August 1940
Builder: Danziger Werft, Danzig
Yard number: 117
Laid down: 11 August 1941
Launched: 9 May 1942
Commissioned: 4 November 1942
Fate: Sunk by a Soviet mine, March 1942; sunk, December 1944 in the Baltic Sea after a collision with a German ship[1][2]
General characteristics
Type: Type VIIC submarine
Displacement: 769 tonnes (757 long tons) surfaced
871 t (857 long tons) submerged
Length: 67.1 m (220 ft 2 in) o/a
50.5 m (165 ft 8 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.2 m (20 ft 4 in) o/a
4.7 m (15 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Draft: 4.74 m (15 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: 2 × supercharged Germaniawerft 6-cylinder 4-stroke F46 diesel engines, totalling 2,800–3,200 bhp (2,100–2,400 kW). Max rpm: 470-490
2 × electric motors, totalling 750 shp (560 kW) and max rpm: 296.
Speed: 17.7 knots (32.8 km/h; 20.4 mph) surfaced
7.6 knots (14.1 km/h; 8.7 mph) submerged
Range: 8,500 nmi (15,700 km) at 10 kn (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
80 nmi (150 km) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: 44–52 officers and ratings
Armament:
Service record[3]
Part of: 8th U-boat Flotilla
(4 November 1942–30 March 1943)
23rd U-boat Flotilla
(4 October 1943–1 July 1944)
21st U-boat Flotilla
(1 July –12 December 1944)
Commanders: Oblt.z.S. Christian Reich
(4 November 1942–30 March 1943)
Oblt.z.S. Rudolf Zorn
(4 October–14 November 1943)
Kptlt. Heinz Zwang
(15 November 1943–15 May 1944)
Oblt.z.S. Eberhard Rieger
(16 May–12 December 1944)
Operations: None
Victories: None

German submarine U-416 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

She carried out no patrols. She did not sink or damage any ships.

She was sunk by a Soviet mine, March 1942; also sunk, December 1944 in the Baltic Sea after a collision with a German ship.[1][2]

Service history[edit]

The submarine was laid down on 11 August 1941 at the Danziger Werft (yard) at Danzig (now Gdansk), as yard number 117, launched on 9 May 1942 and commissioned on 4 November under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Christian Reich.

She served with the 8th U-boat Flotilla from 4 November 1942 and the 23rd flotilla from 4 October 1943. She was reassigned to the 21st flotilla on 1 July 1944.

Fate[edit]

U-416 was sunk on 30 March 1943 by a mine laid by the Soviet submarine L-3 on 26 August 1942 near Bornholm (eastern Denmark).[4] She was raised on 8 April 1943 and after repairs, used for training. She was in collision with the German minesweeper M 203 and sank on 12 December 1944 northwest of Pillau, (Balltiysk) in Russia.

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b http://uboat.net/boats/u416/htm
  2. ^ a b Kemp, Paul: U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars, 1997, Arms & Armour, ISBN 1-85409-515-3, pp. 109 and 225
  3. ^ "The Type VIIC boat U-416 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  4. ^ The Times Atlas of the World - Third edition, revised 1995, ISBN 0 7230 0809 4, p. 18
Bibliography
  • Busch, Rainer; Röll, Hans-Joachim (1999). Deutsche U-Boot-Verluste von September 1939 bis Mai 1945. Der U-Boot-Krieg (in German) IV (Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn: Mittler). ISBN 3-8132-0514-2. 
  • Gröner, Erich (1985). U-Boote, Hilfskreuzer, Minenschiffe, Netzleger, Sperrbrecher. Die deutschen Kriegsschiffe 1815-1945 (in German) III (Koblenz: Bernard & Graefe). ISBN 3-7637-4802-4. 

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